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Kings shade Utd to stay in NBL finals hunt

The Sydney Kings remain in the finals hunt after a dramatic 100-98 double-overtime home win over Melbourne United.

The win lifted fifth-placed Sydney to 17-17.

They didn’t hit the front until the second half, after shooting a horrible 12 per cent from three-point range in the first two periods, making just two of 16 long bombs.

Guard Shaun Bruce triggered Sydney’s second-half comeback at Qudos Bank Arena after being ice-cold from three-point range and going scoreless in the first half.

Bruce piled on 13 points in seven minutes, landing three long-range shots to finish Sydney’s top scorer with 21 points on eight of 24 field goal shooting.

Sydney scored the first five points of the second half to level the score and a 16-0 run In their favour gave them a 64-51 lead.

United responded with 15 unanswered either side of three-quarter time, to turn a nine-point deficit into a six-point lead

Jock Landale, who was immense for Melbourne with 23 points and 12 rebounds, scored nine straight points on either side of three-quarter time, including two long bombs.

The Kings rallied again despite having import Jarell Martin foul out, with Bruce and Tom Vodanovich hitting three big buckets down the stretch as Sydney edged to a four-point lead with just over two minutes to go.

Mitch McCarron hit the game-levelling basket in both regulation time and overtime.

United missed four of their last five free throws in the second overtime period.

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